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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Mountain View preps for Art & Wine Festival


Photo By: COURTESY OF MIRAMAR EVENTS
Photo Courtesy Of Miramar Events Members of Ancient Winds are among the performers supplying live entertainment at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival.

The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View has scheduled the 41st Mountain View Art & Wine Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 along Castro Street from El Camino Real to Evelyn Avenue.

The Chamber sponsors the annual festival to celebrate the community and its culture. The event features live bands, a wide variety of wines and beers, an eclectic selection of food vendors and more than 600 artisans showcasing fine arts, handmade jewelry and accessories, one-of-a-kind clothing and other handcrafted goods.

The festival is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser, enabling the organization to provide services, programs and scholarships in the community.

The Art & Wine Festival evolved from a small street fair, just a few blocks long, into one of the country’s largest.

The Kids’ Park will add bungee jumping to its offerings of Mobile Rock’s 24-foot climbing wall, body art and face painting, Hula Hooping, fossil digs and dinosaur art.

Rides will include the familiar Froghopper, Kids Kopters, Uproar and Dixieland Twister. A special feature this year will be a NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Exhibit.

Sports fans who don’t want to miss any weekend games can visit the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge at Mercy and Castro streets, where they can watch NFL and NCAA football and the baseball pennant races on a giant LED screen. Food and drink will be available.

The Golden State Warrior Girls dance troupe will be on site with prizes, samples of the latest Warrior merchandise with their new bridge logo and information about tickets for the 2012-2013 season.

The city of Mountain View has partnered with Recology to conduct a “Zero Waste” event, fulfilling their goal of “Nothing Wasted.”

Bicycle parking will be available in the St. Joseph Church parking lot at Castro and Church streets, supervised by The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail.

From 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days, paid parking ($5) will be available in the lots at 400 Castro St. and 440 Castro St., Chase Bank and city parking Lot No. 13. Sunday only, additional parking will be available at Kaiser Permanente, 555 Castro St. Parking fees benefit the Community Health Awareness Council in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

 

For more information, including a festival map, visit www.miramarevents.com/mountainview.

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